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What information can you find out?

Whois supplies registration information(1) for each domain name registered under:

  • .fr (France) and under sub-domains such as tm.fr, .com.fr,
  • .re (Reunion Island) and under sub-domains such as ..nom.re, .com.re,
  • .tf (French Southern and Antartic Lands),
  • .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon),
  • .wf (Wallis and Futuna Islands),
  • .yt (Mayotte).

For a domain name, Whois provides: the name and the contact of the organism who registered it, the anniversary date of the domain name (date of renewal), the ISP (registrar) who has managed the domain name, the name of the servers, etc.

How to use Whois?

You must just type:

  • the domain name requested (example: afnic.fr).
    Details such as http://, www, ftp, etc. are not necessary (except if they are part of the syntax of the domain name itself).

What do Whois answers mean?

Whois contains several types of "objects" or data.
If you make a search, Whois first gives you a short answer. Then it is possible to get more information on each field by clicking on sign "+" of the requested field.

Whois different objects are:

  • Domain name
    Domain name; its status (active, inactive, etc.); the registrar in charge of the domain name; creation date of the domain name; its "anniversary date" (= its annual renewal date); the servers.

  • Holder
    Name of the person or name of the organism who holds the domain name and how to reach It (except the particular case mentioned below).

  • Administrative contact
    You should contact this person for all administrative question about the domain name (use, rights...) (except the particular case mentioned below).

  • Technical contact
    Contact of the person who technically manages the domain name. You should contact this person for every technical request (server, IP addresses, etc.). It is not excluded there are several technical contacts for a same domain name.

Good to knowParticular case: holder and administrative contact with restricted publication
When individuals register a .fr, they must communicate some private data (name, address, e-mail...). The AFNIC protects by default these data: they are referenced in AFNIC databases but are not displayed when you make a Whois search. It is the "restricted publication".

The AFNIC offers the possibility to third parties to communicate with a domain name's administrative contact who chose the restricted publication thanks to this contact form.

Please note: restricted publication are not applied to contacts representing legal entities.

 

 

1: except information for domain names whose holders chose to be unlisted.